I always loved how special Katie and Bill made me feel whenever I saw them. I remember a day on the sailboat when the wind kicked up. Katie was less-than-thrilled but Bill had the biggest grin on his face and then explained the name of the boat to me. Wonderful people. Bill, you will be missed. Katie, you are in our prayers. Sending our love.
My favorite memory of grandpa is a when he and I would work on a project together. We would do runs to the hardware store for parts then come home and build something for the house. He taught me a lot about hard work and working with tools.
One of my favorite memories of my grandpa was camping at the beach and eating chocolate chip mint ice cream as we watched the sunset. I was also fortunate to take one on one clarinet lessons with my grandpa while I was in elementary school. He was always modest and it wasn't until I was older that I had truly understood all of his musical accomplishments and that I was being taught by one of the greatest! I went on to be first chair of our school clarinet band with the help of my grandpa. My grandpa was a slow eater at the dinner table and when asked why he said it was to enjoy grandmas cooking. My grandparents always encourage us to bring friends over for dinner even on special holidays. My favorite memory of grandpa is him telling everyone that he wanted a tattoo of grandmas picture on his hand as that is the love of his life. Every music piece he created had her picture on the folder. At this time I know the only thing he would ask for is for grandma to be taken care of and support for the family. I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful family and such an inspirational grandpa!
One of my top ten movies of all time is "Mr. Holland's Opus" and I can imagine you in the title role! The movie gives lots of examples of the impact that one person can make in the life of another. Sometimes a seemingly insignificant kind word or a bit of encouragement can bear fruit many years later. I know you made an effort to be a positive influence in many things, not the least of which is a great family and a body of musical work that will live on. Rest in Peace!
Katie, Mike, Debbie and all,
I am so sad about the loss of our beloved "Doc". I am thankful that he is no longer in pain and is probably playing his tail off with all the other musicians in that great music hall in the sky!
I remember the first time I met him. He was my advisor at EWU in the music program. He was so kind and helpful, especially since I had endured a tongue lashing from one of the professors that I had auditioned with and was very downhearted. He gave me hope that my life as a musician could carry on, just in a little different direction. As a new recruit, fresh out of basic training, I again met Lt Col Maxson and was very intimidated! I tried to salute him and stood at attention every time he walked in front of me. He finally said something along the lines of, "relax kid, you are making me nervous!"
I have known him and loved him for over 30 years. I will miss his smile. Hugs to you and your family.
Thinking of you. Sorry we are out of town today.
Friday we will say goodbye to the most loving and inspiring person I know. Grandpa you will be truly missed, but your story and music will live on forever. I love you always.
Aunt Kate, I cannot imagine how this time must be for you right now and hope you are able to find peace with those that love you so much. I will never forget how happy Dad was to talk with Uncle Bill before he passed in that last conversation in 2010, pure tears of joy. Almost every visit with Dad the last few years of his life, he always mentioned his brother Bill and father proudly. Dad always said he prayed every night for his brother and family. May those prayers be answered now. Mike & Debbie, please know how much you both are in my thoughts. Andrew and Laura, (and Chelsea) I am truly sorry for your loss.
I see the picture of your grandfather who looks so much like my Dad and also your wonderful, brilliant great grandfather, Claude. May they all rest in peace. I love you dearly.
The Washington State Veterans Cemetery extends our deepest sympathies to the family of William L. Maxson for your loss. We honor him for the service and sacrifice he has made for our nation, he is a true hero.
Mike and Family,
Sorry for the loss of your dad. No other person has the impact on the family as does the father.
We are thankful for Bill's service to his country.
I feel so lucky to be able to call you my grandpa. You were one of the sweetest men I have ever met, and you will be greatly missed and never ever forgotten. I love you Grandpa!
You're home now in heaven. I love you.